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06/19/2015

Winthrop Board of Trustees Approves 2.5 Percent Undergraduate Tuition Increase

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 The percentage increase is the lowest in 16 years.
 Trustees also approved a 4 percent tuition increase for Graduate School tuition.
 Winthrop room and board fees, which vary according to type of housing and meal plan chosen, will see a 4 percent increase.

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J,P, McKee

ROCK HILL, SOUTH CAROLINA – The Winthrop University Board of Trustees approved a 2.5 percent undergraduate tuition increase for in-state and out-of-state students during a board meeting held Friday, June 19. 

The percentage increase is the lowest in 16 years. This is the second year in a row that the board of trustees has approved a historically low tuition increase.

Winthrop in-state undergraduate students will pay $7,078 in the fall semester, $172 more than in fall 2014.

“We recognize the impact of tuition increases on our students and families who also want us to maintain the high quality educational experience they expect at Winthrop. We work to keep tuition costs as low as possible while still offering our students the living and learning experience for which we are nationally recognized,” said Vice President for Finance and Business J.P. McKee.

The increase, which takes effect for the 2015-16 academic year, accounts in part for rising energy costs as well as strategic initiatives that focus on student success and degree completion.

Out-of-state students will pay $13,702 this fall semester -- $333 more than a year ago.

Trustees approved a 4 percent tuition increase for Graduate School tuition. In-state graduate students will pay $579 per credit hour, and out-of-state graduate students will pay $1,114 per credit hour.

Winthrop room and board fees, which vary according to type of housing and meal plan chosen, will see a 4-percent increase, but remain below those of other universities.

“We encourage prospective students and families to assess all the costs of attending college as well as the financial aid available to them,” said McKee. “They will find the price of attending Winthrop is very competitive.”

Trustees will approve a 2015-16 budget when fall enrollment figures are better known nearer to the first day of fall classes.

“We are poised for enrollment growth for 2015-16 as a result of various recruitment and retention efforts across campus, including adjusting our scholarship program to make Winthrop a more compelling option for South Carolina students,” said Acting President Debra Boyd.

More information on tuition and fees is available on the Cashier's Office website or by contacting Judy Longshaw, news and media services manager, at 803/323-2404 or longshawj@winthrop.edu.


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